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Eros (2004)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 44

Though Wong's short lives up to the promise of the title, Antonioni's is a serious disappointment.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 19

Though Wong's short lives up to the promise of the title, Antonioni's is a serious disappointment.



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Three of the world's most gifted filmmakers offer their own unique perspectives on love and lust in this omnibus film. The initial episode, "The Hand," was directed by Wong Kar-Wai, and tells the story of Zhang (Chang Chen), a young, virginal dressmaker's assistant who finds it difficult to control his desire when he is sent to the home of Hua (Gong Li), a beautiful and refined prostitute, for a fitting. Steven Soderbergh directed the film's second story, "Equilibrium," in which Nick Penrose

Feb 7, 2006


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I guess one out of three ain't bad.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Three smart filmmakers produce three whiffs on the theme of love.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The auteurist feast turns out to be a paltry spread, with one director on autopilot, another playing it safe, and the last apparently working on assignment for the European Red Shoe Diaries.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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It is fairly melancholy news that the works of two of Antonioni's admirers outshine the master's segment.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Eros comes nowhere near meeting the challenge of its title when compared to the increasingly lewd standards of our current cinema.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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There's one good movie in here, sure. But unfortunately, it's over after the first 43 minutes.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The rain still drips like tears in Wong's faintly lit alleyways, the paint in his narrow corridors continues to peel, the floral-print curtains in his '60s drawing rooms still billow in the breeze--but the colors have faded...

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

The chatter in the lobby, I predict, will be from people wondering how and when [Antonioni] flipped his lid... The film is a failure, no matter how grandiose its title or the names above it.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Three directors combine short films to form a triptych about love. The problem? The connections are tenuous at best. These are really three films marketed as sharing a theme.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Three is a crowd, and Wong and Soderbergh would have got along just fine without Antonioni there to wreck the marriage.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

If there's a point to any of this, it's the supposedly therapeutic revelation that major female mystery lies in what you can discover by rifling through her purse.

May 28, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

Anthologies by their inherent nature tend to be highly uneven. And Eros proves no exception, with the individual sections ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.

October 10, 2006 Full Review Source:

An excruciating festival of middlebrow good taste.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian

An intriguing but ultimately frustrating triptych.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

All three short films were minor works.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Feels like an experiment that you'd be happy to catch during a film festival ... right before you nodded off for a solid 90-minute catnap.

March 29, 2006 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

Eros demeure une expérience réussie en son genre, même si aucun des cinéastes invités ne réussit réellement à repousser les limites de son propre cinéma

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Panorama

confoundingly horrendous

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source:

A trio of films by Antonioni and two other directors dealing with the subject of sexual fantasy and obsession.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian

No matter what caliber of talent is on board, omnibus anthology pictures are almost doomed to be uneven affairs.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

Eros aims high. But aside from Wong Kar-Wai's effectively compressed erotic musings, it falls short.

June 15, 2005 Full Review Source: PopMatters

At least the editor had the good sense to place Antonioni's film at the end, allowing you to walk out without having to see a cinematic great in pathetic decline

May 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Audience Reviews for Eros

Both Steven Soderbergh's and Michaelangelo Antonioni's segments are very interesting and for the most part flawless, but I really wasn't taken with Kar Wai Wong's. The first segment is just so repetative and drawn out for no reason, especially when the love story isn't even powerful. However, Robert Downey Jr. and Alan Arkin make up for it ten fold in a truly funny and powerful therapist session. I liked the b&w vs. color transition, it made the story feel all the more dreamlike. The relationship analysis in Antonioni's final segment is really a unique type of film making. It's not simplistic in its message, but the minimalistic visuals really put you in a unique mood.
January 26, 2011

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The only thing that brings the film down is Antonioni's very weak segment.
September 16, 2007

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[font=Century Gothic]"Eros" is a collection of three short languid films by three noted directors:[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]1. Wong Kar Wai's "The Hand" is about the relationship between a tailor(Chang Chen) and a prostitute(Gong Li). And it might have worked if Wong Kar Wai had stopped with their first meeting, but errs by trying to shoehorn their entire relationshp into the short running time.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]2. Steven Soderbergh's "Equilibrium" is about an ad executive(Robert Downey Jr) talking to a psychologist(Alan Arkin) about a recurring dream. A nice setup, fabulous performances, great black and white cinematography all go to waste by the time it implodes at the end.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]3. Michelangelo Antonioni's "The Dangerous Side of Things" is about a bickering couple(Christopher Buchholz & Regina Nemni) going to a restaurant...and that's pretty much it.[/font]
December 1, 2006
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